David Langslow - Short curriculum vitae#

Present position
  • since 1999 Professor of Classics, University of Manchester

  • 1984-91 Wolfson College, Oxford: D.Phil. in the Faculty of Classics (thesis: The Formation and Development of Latin Medical Vocabulary: A. Cornelius Celsus and Cassius Felix, 2 vols, pp. xi, 813, + microfiche indexes), supervised by Prof. Anna Morpurgo Davies, examined by Prof. Robert Coleman (Cambridge) and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Untermann (Cologne)
  • 1982-4 University College, Oxford: M.Phil. in comparative philology and general linguistics, Examiners’ congratulations (papers in: Greek and Hittite languages and texts, and general linguistics; thesis on the formation of compound words in Homer and Demosthenes)
  • 1978-82 University College, Oxford: B.A. in classics; 1st-class Honours in both parts (with, in Finals, Examiners’ congratulations, and the university prize for comparative philology)
  • 1970-77 Whitgift School, South Croydon (south London); (A-Level in Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Russian, S-Paper in Latin and Greek)

Academic posts
  • since 1999 Professor of Classics, University of Manchester
  • Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 1984-98 University Lecturer in Latin Philology & Linguistics (a ‘New Blood’ post), and Ordinary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 1983/4 Salvesen Junior Research Fellow, University College, Oxford (a 3-year appointment)
  • 1983 College Lecturer in Classics, University College, Oxford

Awards, and study abroad
  • 2006 elected to membership of the Academia Europaea
  • 2006 Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Fall Term)
  • 2002-3 Visiting Professor for 3 semesters at the University of Mainz, with the financial support of the AHRB and the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (Germany). Subject: the text and transmission of the Latin version of Alexander of Tralles. Host: Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dietrich Fischer
  • 1998 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Resumption for four months) at the University of Mainz. Subject: towards a first edition of the Latin version of Alexander of Tralles. Host: Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dietrich Fischer
  • 1997/8 Special Lecturership in Oxford University (awarded for one year by the General Board on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Classics)
  • 1992-8 Fondation Hardt, Vandoeuvres, Geneva (four research visits funded by the British Academy and the Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique)
  • 1986/7 Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Research Fellowship for one year at the University of Cologne. Subject: technical language in the ancient world, with special reference to medicine. Host: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Untermann
  • 1983 Travelling Scholarship of the British School of Archaeology at Ankara (four weeks in Turkey, studying Hittite sites)

Research interests and areas of research supervision:
  • Latin and Greek language, historical and literary aspects, including :
    • language and literary style
    • language and imagery
    • literature and linguistic register
    • literature and dialect
  • The language, literature and social history of technical subjects in the ancient world, especially medicine and law
  • Latin and Greek linguistics, especially descriptive, historical and social linguistics including:
    • the history of Latin and Greek
    • archaic, classical, imperial and late Latin
    • the pre-Roman languages of Italy
    • Mycenaean Greek, Homeric Greek and the Greek dialects
  • Indo-European comparative and historical linguistics
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